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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – October 11, 2018

Dear Editor, Many in our valley have fallen for the most common urban myth around: that some conspiracy has singled out our communities of Hemet and San Jacinto to deliver an avalanche of homeless and ex-cons. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but here’s why it isn’t true: all the other cities in our geographic area are facing the same condition. Homelessness is a national problem that has reached every state in the union. States like California and Florida attract more homeless because the weather is more moderate. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure this out. With no national policy that effectively addresses treating the homeless, each state, county (more…)
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Why shouldn’t 16-year-olds have the vote

<strong>Why shouldn’t 16-year-olds have the vote</strong>
■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter When the push to grant 18-year-olds the right to vote was on, the country was so sure that these young men and women would revolutionize American elections. In the beginning they were gung-ho to cast their ballots. However, in due time they adopted the habits of their parents and were just as lax as their elders. And among the voting population, the teen-aged girls (like their mothers) were more likely to cast a ballot than their fathers. Today, thanks to the senseless murders of students in Florida last year, a new youth movement has risen up like the Phoenix from the ashes and taken (more…)
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America is at a crossroads

The administration has exposed weaknesses in our democratic system ■ Richard Flores / Contributed Our country and our constitution are going through perilous times. As American citizens, we are fully aware that our current presidential administration, congress, and the supreme court are not functioning in accordance with the principles of our constitution and the values of our democratic form of government. Therefore, they are endangering our way of life. The President and his administration are out of control, and the Republican Congress is not living up to its constitutional obligation or their oath of office to safeguard and uphold our constitution. The U. S. Congress is not providing its obligatory duty (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – October 4, 2018

Dear Editor, City Manager, Allen Parker, discussed the median down Florida at the last council meeting. Business owners know that the median is being shoved down the City of Hemet’s throat by CalTrans who owns Florida Avenue. While our City Manager had proposed many alternatives, Caltrans had made no concessions. Great news! Hemet City Manager Allen Parker played some politics and contacted a third generation lobbyist in favor of Hemet. Lo and behold the main individual from Caltrans who was forcing Hemet to take the median had quit last February. Additionally, another Caltrans representative who was roadblocking Hemet’s plea is also gone. None of this was conveyed to Allen Parker until (more…)
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The accusation that wouldn’t go away

■ Robert C. Koehler / Contributed Sexual assault is such a nuisance, not only, but especially, for Republicans. Here’s the Wall Street Journal editorial board, attempting, with gentlemanly politeness, to dispense with Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh as quickly as possible: “Yet there is no way to confirm her story after 36 years, and to let it stop Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would ratify what has all the earmarks of a calculated political ambush. “This is not to say Christine Blasey Ford isn’t sincere in what she remembers.” But . . . “The vagaries of memory are well known, all the more so when they emerge in the (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – September 27, 2018

Dear Editor, To the members in congress: Since President Trump was elected, both parties have fallen beyond short of doing the job(s) you were elected to do. Your job descriptions do not include arguing, protesting, etc. What happened? Oh I got it! The left AKA liberals AKA Democratic Party want complete control over the entire federal government with no input or help from any Republican. The “demo” in Democrat and democracy are about the only similarity between the two words now. The word democracy is defined as meaning the government ruled by all peoples or elected representatives. The word Democrat means adversary or supporter of democracy. So having put that on (more…)
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Make America Great Again?

■ Sharye Marx Cressler / Contributed Make America great again? Like it was when the people roamed freely over the land and hunted the beaver, the deer, and the buffalo? Like it was when the people of this land welcomed the newcomers in kindness and generosity and saved many of their lives in their new and strange surroundings? Make America great again? For who? The ones whose kindness was betrayed with scarlet fever-infested blankets, or the ones who handed them out? The ones who broke the treaties or the ones who had their treaties broken? Make America great again? How? Like it was when it was built and prospered on the (more…)
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Hard fought battles stop tax hikes in Legislature

■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed While on the campaign trail prior to the 1988 election, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush uttered the now infamous words, “read my lips, no new taxes.” Of course, this was a pledge he broke, which likely cost him reelection. The mission of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is to protect Proposition 13 and to advance taxpayers’ rights, including the right to limited taxation, the right to vote on tax increases and the right of economical, equitable and efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, this value set is shared by too few politicians in Sacramento. Because of that, taxpayers rarely are able to obtain meaningful (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – September 20, 2018

Why a third term for Krupa? Dear Editor, Hemet City Council-member Linda Krupa is a candidate for a third term on the Hemet City Council. After serving eight years on the council, is she qualified? It’s reported that Hemet is the only city in the state under state audit. Should that be a concern to taxpayers? Taxpayers’ interest has not seemed to be of much interest to some council members for a few years now. I also recall when she was mayor, the city seemed always to have constant problems. She is also well aware that the people of the city of Hemet passed term limits for Hemet City Council members (more…)
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Hurricane Trump, Season 2

■ By Wim Laven / Contributed A year ago I wrote about the problems in Houston, I wrote with great frustration about political expediency, poor planning, and supreme errors in judgment coupled with selfishness, but things have gotten so much worse. In Houston Trump knew that he should wait, the lesson was clear, and he pledged to stay away until he could visit without disrupting relief efforts, but he couldn’t wait to get his pictures and applaud himself, calling the response “a wonderful thing.” Then he did the same thing in Puerto Rico, 10 out of 10 he said. A year later he still gives an “A plus” to the disaster, (more…)